In the USA, do you read not-american literature? For example, Italian and European novels?

I know that when a foreign film or tv series is successfull, this is remade by Hollywood.

Is it the same for books?

7 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    Well, the book industry isn't built the same as TV or Hollywood. Books can't be purchased over boarders, unless you physically go to that country and buy it. So the only books that are available in the US are ones that are published by US publishers. Foreign films and TV series are more easily available through the internet and through online streaming services such as Netflix.

    It's more difficult to buy non-american literature that hasn't been deemed popular enough to make money in the US market. I've read books that are quite popular that were written in other countries, such as Life of Pi, The Book Thief, Kite Runner. I've never read a book that doesn't have a US publisher.

  • 9 years ago

    I've never heard this theory before... it's kind of funny :) But I totally understand where it's coming from...

    Yes, we read plenty of foreign books here where the only real changes made to it is the transition from whatever language it is to English. In fact, I took a class in high school that was composed completely of European literature. It's not uncommon.

    Hope this helps!

  • David
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Right now I'm reading a novel translated from Swedish. I have also read French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese literature. And of course a lot of Brit Lit. Most high school students are required to read books that are not written by American Authors.

  • 9 years ago

    Americans typically read books published in America, mostly because they are available. However, I have read several british books. In some of them the publisher has released an "American" version, just because of the different words used in the countries, slang and such. I have also read an AuAustralianeries. But typically, it is not common for Americans to read foreign books that are not written in english.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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  • 9 years ago


    We get plenty of books from all over the world, but its all translated into English...not remade. Just translated.

  • 9 years ago

    No, usually not.

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